MTM: Preview What They Said

Wed 01 Oct 2014

MTM: Preview What They Said

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Taipei, October 1: Read what players have to say ahead of the US$650,000 Mercuries Taiwan Masters this week.
SCOTT HEND (AUS)
It's great to be able to come back and battle the course again. It is a shame my lead up to this year’s tournament was hampered by a missed flight but I will deal with the limited preparations the best I can. I hope we won’t get a typhoon again this year as that made it quite difficult in the final round last year.
My win last year was a great show of intestinal fortitude. I had just come off playing average in Europe and ground out a great week for the win.
This course is a test of patience of massive proportion.  It's a course which takes shots from you and then sometimes lets u get some back. All in all, you have to flow with the punches around here. I was just rewarded last year for hanging in there.
My game is very rusty at the moment. I haven’t played many tournaments and I belong to the type of player who gets better the more we play. I also cracked my driver face and have struggled to replace it. My driving of the tee ball has been poor.
I would definitely love to get another trophy in the cabinet.  I'm working on it, maybe working too hard if that's possible.
LIN WEN-TANG (TPE)
This Tamsui course has got to be the most challenging course that I’ve ever played in Chinese Taipei. I remember saying many years back, when I was younger, that I will quit golf if I didn’t win this tournament! I only managed to do it in 2009, three years after I made that statement. That was a really memorable win. I was also very lucky then because the playing conditions were just too tough.
This is a very tight golf course. You need good drives to play well out here and you have to try and hit as many greens as possible. Furthermore, it’s a very old golf course. But having seen the course today, I think the conditions have improved a lot. A lot of players have come forward to tell me that the greens look nicer this year. I really appreciate the golf club’s efforts in ensuring the good condition of the course. It’s good to see some changes in an old golf course and always good to see improvements. A lot of golf clubs in Taipei has experienced a lack of water recently. I am actually happy to see that it rained this morning. Looking forward to play out there when the tournaments starts proper tomorrow.
You need to have a good game plan to play well out here. You have to strategise every hole before tackling it. You also need a lot of patience to handle this tough course.
The Mercuries Taiwan Masters is one of the biggest events held in Chinese Taipei and all the local players are very excited to challenge for the title this week.
My game’s feeling good. I’m making some adjustment to my equipment lately. As my partnership with Ping has ended in June, I have received a lot of new equipment from different brands. I’m still testing out the new equipment, like the new driver I tried during the Yeangder TPC three weeks ago. I met up with a representative from Srixon in Japan last week and will be trying out some of their clubs this week.
I’ve been playing pretty decently this year be it on the local circuit or on the Asian Tour. It has been pretty much the same for me in the last few years. I have been playing very consistently. I am actually looking for another career breakthrough now to show people that I can still win at this age.
I haven’t really set a target for myself on the Order of Merit this year. They say I have been playing too few events on the Asian Tour! To me, family comes before golf. My son is in secondary school now and I want to spend more time with him, especially at this stage of his life.
ANTONIO LASCUNA (PHI)
My game’s feeling good. I’m very happy with how I’ve performed this season. I’m hoping for qualify for the upcoming CIMB Classic in Malaysia so I will do my best this week for another good result to boost my current merit rankings. That is my aim for now. I don’t want to think about winning. I will just try my best and we will see how things go. I’m confident it will come soon.
This is a very challenging course. It is very tight and you need good driving and putting to score out there. I gave myself chances to win the tournament for the past few years but the weather conditions were just too tough to play. Anything can happen on the final day. I don’t want to give myself any expectations yet. I will play my best, one day at a time.
CAMERON SMITH (AUS)
I’m just looking to do pretty much the same things this week. I have been chipping and putting well. Hopefully I can keep that up and keep the top-10s coming as well. It has a really good season so far. I have had very good experience playing on the Asian Tour this year. Hopefully I can keep doing what I’ve been doing and I am really looking forward to next year already. The course is pretty tricky. I’m looking for a solid game plan and really stick into it this week. I’m hoping to finish in top-10 on the Order of Merit at the end of the season.